Albion hit by LuaLua blow

The Argus: Kazenga LuaLua has been ruled out of Albion's match at Derby Kazenga LuaLua has been ruled out of Albion's match at Derby

Albion boss Oscar Garcia has been hit by another major injury blow.

Winger Kazenga LuaLua is out of tomorrow's trip to Derby County with a hamstring injury, The Argus can reveal.

LuaLua, outstanding in last week's home win against Birmingham, did not travel with the rest of the squad to the East Midlands today.

The problem is only minor but it is another setback for Oscar, who has been besieged by injuries to key players since taking charge at the start of the season.

He lost key midfielder Andrew Crofts against Birmingham to a ruptured cruciate knee ligament which has ruled the Welsh international out for six months.

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6:03pm Fri 17 Jan 14

farside says...

Christ-on-a-bike, there'll be no attacking options left soon!
Christ-on-a-bike, there'll be no attacking options left soon! farside

6:04pm Fri 17 Jan 14

AlanDuffy says...

At this rate, we'd better sign a whole new team before the window shuts :-)
At this rate, we'd better sign a whole new team before the window shuts :-) AlanDuffy

6:05pm Fri 17 Jan 14

albionbloke says...

C'mon Naylor.....get it right. Your headline says 'major' injury but the article says 'minor'. So which one is it?
C'mon Naylor.....get it right. Your headline says 'major' injury but the article says 'minor'. So which one is it? albionbloke

6:07pm Fri 17 Jan 14

mrgull says...

Terrible news,just as he was showing some outstanding form,,,,,,Who traveled in his place
Terrible news,just as he was showing some outstanding form,,,,,,Who traveled in his place mrgull

6:08pm Fri 17 Jan 14

falmer seagull says...

Solly's chance!
Solly's chance! falmer seagull

6:08pm Fri 17 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

and just when I thought it was safe to go to the store, all the current news known, this comes up.
Major blow, minor injury, so I guess he is out for three weeks or so, and that is a major loss.
Solly gets his chance, and I have to go to the store.
and just when I thought it was safe to go to the store, all the current news known, this comes up. Major blow, minor injury, so I guess he is out for three weeks or so, and that is a major loss. Solly gets his chance, and I have to go to the store. VegasSeagull

6:08pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Albion In Staffs says...

So which is it? A 'major injury blow' (first paragraph) or 'only minor'. (4th paragraph)
Just asking..........
So which is it? A 'major injury blow' (first paragraph) or 'only minor'. (4th paragraph) Just asking.......... Albion In Staffs

6:10pm Fri 17 Jan 14

seagull52 says...

Okay to go Karting yesterday?
Okay to go Karting yesterday? seagull52

6:14pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Theodoridi says...

albionbloke wrote:
C'mon Naylor.....get it right. Your headline says 'major' injury but the article says 'minor'. So which one is it?
Minor injury, major blow.
[quote][p][bold]albionbloke[/bold] wrote: C'mon Naylor.....get it right. Your headline says 'major' injury but the article says 'minor'. So which one is it?[/p][/quote]Minor injury, major blow. Theodoridi

6:15pm Fri 17 Jan 14

SMF20 says...

What a 7 days.. Sold 4, loaned out 1 and lost our 2 most energetic, driving players to injury.

Roll on tomorrow and a positive start to our next 7 days.

Uta
What a 7 days.. Sold 4, loaned out 1 and lost our 2 most energetic, driving players to injury. Roll on tomorrow and a positive start to our next 7 days. Uta SMF20

6:16pm Fri 17 Jan 14

impose our game gull says...

Solly no brainer for 2 - 3 matches to start or as an early sub

Maybe time for the club to get a new physio?
Solly no brainer for 2 - 3 matches to start or as an early sub Maybe time for the club to get a new physio? impose our game gull

6:17pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Vince says...

We have Orlandi and Solly March waiting in the wings - so to speak. So what's the big deal if it's a minor hamstring injury? We have Chicksen who performed well as an attacking full-back. Bruno is quite capable of adding attacking options down the wings as is David. Obika is probably fast enough to play down the wings.

With regard to midfield, Augustien/Jake Forster-Caskey can deputise for Crofts. Bridcutt is still our player - so can come in if necessary - in a backs-to-the-wall job.
Even the great Steve Claridge reckons we have a large squad and should finish in the top 6.

Why the big drama?
We have Orlandi and Solly March waiting in the wings - so to speak. So what's the big deal if it's a minor hamstring injury? We have Chicksen who performed well as an attacking full-back. Bruno is quite capable of adding attacking options down the wings as is David. Obika is probably fast enough to play down the wings. With regard to midfield, Augustien/Jake Forster-Caskey can deputise for Crofts. Bridcutt is still our player - so can come in if necessary - in a backs-to-the-wall job. Even the great Steve Claridge reckons we have a large squad and should finish in the top 6. Why the big drama? Vince

6:19pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Rougvie Legend says...

Surely Lua Lua's minor injury is a major blow to the Albion for the Derby game , thats how i read it anyhow
Surely Lua Lua's minor injury is a major blow to the Albion for the Derby game , thats how i read it anyhow Rougvie Legend

6:30pm Fri 17 Jan 14

albionbloke says...

Rougvie Legend wrote:
Surely Lua Lua's minor injury is a major blow to the Albion for the Derby game , thats how i read it anyhow
Correct. They have now changed the headline so it's less confusing. The first headline read 'Major injury blow..." which prompted my comment.
[quote][p][bold]Rougvie Legend[/bold] wrote: Surely Lua Lua's minor injury is a major blow to the Albion for the Derby game , thats how i read it anyhow[/p][/quote]Correct. They have now changed the headline so it's less confusing. The first headline read 'Major injury blow..." which prompted my comment. albionbloke

6:35pm Fri 17 Jan 14

ballantrrae says...

Albion In Staffs wrote:
So which is it? A 'major injury blow' (first paragraph) or 'only minor'. (4th paragraph)
Just asking..........
It might be a minor injury but it is still a major blow.
Our front three options at the moment are limited to Ulloa, Lopez, March and Obita. I suppose Monakana might be a possibility for the bench - a good thing he has joined . Generally our potential goal scorers look pretty threadbare so we need to either get the Grabban deal finalised and/or get Conway back ideally ASAP, preferably both..
At the moment we are short CMS, Buckley, LuaLua and Hoskins (of course) and we need to replace Barnes. Then we also need to replace Crofts, resign Conway and get in another CB for El-Arb.
Time for Burke to start pulling rabbits out of the hat for Oscar.
[quote][p][bold]Albion In Staffs[/bold] wrote: So which is it? A 'major injury blow' (first paragraph) or 'only minor'. (4th paragraph) Just asking..........[/p][/quote]It might be a minor injury but it is still a major blow. Our front three options at the moment are limited to Ulloa, Lopez, March and Obita. I suppose Monakana might be a possibility for the bench - a good thing he has joined . Generally our potential goal scorers look pretty threadbare so we need to either get the Grabban deal finalised and/or get Conway back ideally ASAP, preferably both.. At the moment we are short CMS, Buckley, LuaLua and Hoskins (of course) and we need to replace Barnes. Then we also need to replace Crofts, resign Conway and get in another CB for El-Arb. Time for Burke to start pulling rabbits out of the hat for Oscar. ballantrrae

6:40pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Withdean-er says...

This is a blow, in the short term. Lualua's been on fire, tying up several defenders each game and playing the best football of his career. More of a team player now, than the wildcard of previous seasons. Without him, our attacking threat lacks pace, which suits defenders all day long.

All the more reason to get quality (with pace) in now, in this window, in the forwards department.
This is a blow, in the short term. Lualua's been on fire, tying up several defenders each game and playing the best football of his career. More of a team player now, than the wildcard of previous seasons. Without him, our attacking threat lacks pace, which suits defenders all day long. All the more reason to get quality (with pace) in now, in this window, in the forwards department. Withdean-er

6:58pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

Thought we'd gone beyond this sort of thing with KLL. He's been in such good form of late and looked really terrific. However, this should not deflect the team from doing the business tomorrow. We have more than enough in the squad to not let this affect our performance.
Get fit again soon Kazenga and 3 points tomorrow please. UTA
Thought we'd gone beyond this sort of thing with KLL. He's been in such good form of late and looked really terrific. However, this should not deflect the team from doing the business tomorrow. We have more than enough in the squad to not let this affect our performance. Get fit again soon Kazenga and 3 points tomorrow please. UTA Joel'sGrandad

7:00pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

impose our game gull wrote:
Solly no brainer for 2 - 3 matches to start or as an early sub

Maybe time for the club to get a new physio?
Is it the physio's fault that LuaLua was born with troublesome hamstrings? Is he LuaLua's dad?
[quote][p][bold]impose our game gull[/bold] wrote: Solly no brainer for 2 - 3 matches to start or as an early sub Maybe time for the club to get a new physio?[/p][/quote]Is it the physio's fault that LuaLua was born with troublesome hamstrings? Is he LuaLua's dad? Ex-pat Arnie

7:21pm Fri 17 Jan 14

wiseman of hove says...

I had hoped that Orland would be able to continue progressing to 100% fitness by easy stages, but with the LuaLua news, Oscar may be tempted to start with him. I hope so - I would prefer to see his impact at the front end of the match rather than use him towards the end.
I had hoped that Orland would be able to continue progressing to 100% fitness by easy stages, but with the LuaLua news, Oscar may be tempted to start with him. I hope so - I would prefer to see his impact at the front end of the match rather than use him towards the end. wiseman of hove

7:27pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Neville says...

What on earth is going on at the training sessions??
What on earth is going on at the training sessions?? Neville

7:37pm Fri 17 Jan 14

WiseOldSeagull says...

I'm getting a bit fed up reading about injuries. It cannot be just coincidence. As soon as either WB or KLL play a full game they pick up hamstring injuries. This really needs to be looked at. In order for either of them to pick up form they need to play games, but as soon as they play games they get injured. This has been an ongoing saga now for a couple of years. We need to decide if we are to keep paying wages for players that play less than half the season. I wouldn't have them in the EPL. You need players that are not injury prone on those sorts of wages.
I'm getting a bit fed up reading about injuries. It cannot be just coincidence. As soon as either WB or KLL play a full game they pick up hamstring injuries. This really needs to be looked at. In order for either of them to pick up form they need to play games, but as soon as they play games they get injured. This has been an ongoing saga now for a couple of years. We need to decide if we are to keep paying wages for players that play less than half the season. I wouldn't have them in the EPL. You need players that are not injury prone on those sorts of wages. WiseOldSeagull

7:48pm Fri 17 Jan 14

ballantrrae says...

wiseman of hove wrote:
I had hoped that Orland would be able to continue progressing to 100% fitness by easy stages, but with the LuaLua news, Oscar may be tempted to start with him. I hope so - I would prefer to see his impact at the front end of the match rather than use him towards the end.
Good post, my sentiments entirely.
[quote][p][bold]wiseman of hove[/bold] wrote: I had hoped that Orland would be able to continue progressing to 100% fitness by easy stages, but with the LuaLua news, Oscar may be tempted to start with him. I hope so - I would prefer to see his impact at the front end of the match rather than use him towards the end.[/p][/quote]Good post, my sentiments entirely. ballantrrae

7:51pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Conelli98 says...

Solly will make us jolly! Im off to pride park tomorrow and i reckon a 2-0 win for us!
Grabban is off To QPR!
Solly will make us jolly! Im off to pride park tomorrow and i reckon a 2-0 win for us! Grabban is off To QPR! Conelli98

8:00pm Fri 17 Jan 14

championshipgull says...

albionbloke wrote:
C'mon Naylor.....get it right. Your headline says 'major' injury but the article says 'minor'. So which one is it?
I did ask Andy if he wrote the headlines in one of his question and answer things last season and he replied it was the job of the Sub-editor. He was very nice about him (as you would be) but he can’t be happy with some of the manias that go on the top of his articles.
[quote][p][bold]albionbloke[/bold] wrote: C'mon Naylor.....get it right. Your headline says 'major' injury but the article says 'minor'. So which one is it?[/p][/quote]I did ask Andy if he wrote the headlines in one of his question and answer things last season and he replied it was the job of the Sub-editor. He was very nice about him (as you would be) but he can’t be happy with some of the manias that go on the top of his articles. championshipgull

8:16pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Bucket feet Duffy says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
and just when I thought it was safe to go to the store, all the current news known, this comes up.
Major blow, minor injury, so I guess he is out for three weeks or so, and that is a major loss.
Solly gets his chance, and I have to go to the store.
Just love it when they pack your stuff in those paper bags !
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: and just when I thought it was safe to go to the store, all the current news known, this comes up. Major blow, minor injury, so I guess he is out for three weeks or so, and that is a major loss. Solly gets his chance, and I have to go to the store.[/p][/quote]Just love it when they pack your stuff in those paper bags ! Bucket feet Duffy

8:28pm Fri 17 Jan 14

VegasSeagull says...

Bucket feet Duffy wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
and just when I thought it was safe to go to the store, all the current news known, this comes up.
Major blow, minor injury, so I guess he is out for three weeks or so, and that is a major loss.
Solly gets his chance, and I have to go to the store.
Just love it when they pack your stuff in those paper bags !
self checkout, I do my own packing :-))
[quote][p][bold]Bucket feet Duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: and just when I thought it was safe to go to the store, all the current news known, this comes up. Major blow, minor injury, so I guess he is out for three weeks or so, and that is a major loss. Solly gets his chance, and I have to go to the store.[/p][/quote]Just love it when they pack your stuff in those paper bags ![/p][/quote]self checkout, I do my own packing :-)) VegasSeagull

10:07pm Fri 17 Jan 14

mikeygit says...

Rather a bad bit of journo sensationalism to say Major blow but the injury is minor!!
Rather a bad bit of journo sensationalism to say Major blow but the injury is minor!! mikeygit

10:29pm Fri 17 Jan 14

barnieb says...

Lua Lua,CMS,Crofts,Buckl
ey injured,El-Abd,Barne
s gone.No matter,we will beat Derby,trust me,and with some ease.We will be promoted this season autmotically,no question.,
Another thing,Man City will beat Barcelona at the Etihad 4 or 5-0 (I am not a Man City fan by the way)
Lua Lua,CMS,Crofts,Buckl ey injured,El-Abd,Barne s gone.No matter,we will beat Derby,trust me,and with some ease.We will be promoted this season autmotically,no question., Another thing,Man City will beat Barcelona at the Etihad 4 or 5-0 (I am not a Man City fan by the way) barnieb

1:32am Sat 18 Jan 14

WestStander17 says...

barnieb wrote:
Lua Lua,CMS,Crofts,Buckl ey injured,El-Abd,Barne s gone.No matter,we will beat Derby,trust me,and with some ease.We will be promoted this season autmotically,no question., Another thing,Man City will beat Barcelona at the Etihad 4 or 5-0 (I am not a Man City fan by the way)
I'd like some of what you're drinking! Optimism juice! I don't think its out of the realms of possibility but we need the injuries to ease. How we adapt without Crofts will have a big impact. We don't have another player like him and there aren't many about but a mixture of Agustien, JFC and Dave have enough ability to succeed in a different style. We need some goals from midfield though, with or without Crofts.

Man City might beat Barca by 4 or 5 at the Etihad. They might also lose by 4 or 5 at the Nou Camp! Should be a great tie though! Fancy City to get through actually, Barca aren't the force they were a few seasons ago.
[quote][p][bold]barnieb[/bold] wrote: Lua Lua,CMS,Crofts,Buckl ey injured,El-Abd,Barne s gone.No matter,we will beat Derby,trust me,and with some ease.We will be promoted this season autmotically,no question., Another thing,Man City will beat Barcelona at the Etihad 4 or 5-0 (I am not a Man City fan by the way)[/p][/quote]I'd like some of what you're drinking! Optimism juice! I don't think its out of the realms of possibility but we need the injuries to ease. How we adapt without Crofts will have a big impact. We don't have another player like him and there aren't many about but a mixture of Agustien, JFC and Dave have enough ability to succeed in a different style. We need some goals from midfield though, with or without Crofts. Man City might beat Barca by 4 or 5 at the Etihad. They might also lose by 4 or 5 at the Nou Camp! Should be a great tie though! Fancy City to get through actually, Barca aren't the force they were a few seasons ago. WestStander17

8:55am Sat 18 Jan 14

WisdomSpeaks says...

WiseOldSeagull wrote:
I'm getting a bit fed up reading about injuries. It cannot be just coincidence. As soon as either WB or KLL play a full game they pick up hamstring injuries. This really needs to be looked at. In order for either of them to pick up form they need to play games, but as soon as they play games they get injured. This has been an ongoing saga now for a couple of years. We need to decide if we are to keep paying wages for players that play less than half the season. I wouldn't have them in the EPL. You need players that are not injury prone on those sorts of wages.
Well said WOS! I have been monitoring this incredible injury saga since it started. There's an old adage that 'if you keep on doing what you've always done - you'll keep on getting what you've always got' or in other words the definition of insanity is doing the same things and expecting a different result.

I have been posting about looking at this injury situation for some time. The responsibility of assisting players to keep physically fit is the medical department. Obviously the training methods and the players' own 'self care' is important too - but - I have been concerned for a long time about the 'heavyweight' nature of our medical team. That's where I would start focussing Tony. you might be surprised what attitudes you may find.

One thing which is undeniable is that the amount of injuries we get is abnormaL Action required!!!!
[quote][p][bold]WiseOldSeagull[/bold] wrote: I'm getting a bit fed up reading about injuries. It cannot be just coincidence. As soon as either WB or KLL play a full game they pick up hamstring injuries. This really needs to be looked at. In order for either of them to pick up form they need to play games, but as soon as they play games they get injured. This has been an ongoing saga now for a couple of years. We need to decide if we are to keep paying wages for players that play less than half the season. I wouldn't have them in the EPL. You need players that are not injury prone on those sorts of wages.[/p][/quote]Well said WOS! I have been monitoring this incredible injury saga since it started. There's an old adage that 'if you keep on doing what you've always done - you'll keep on getting what you've always got' or in other words the definition of insanity is doing the same things and expecting a different result. I have been posting about looking at this injury situation for some time. The responsibility of assisting players to keep physically fit is the medical department. Obviously the training methods and the players' own 'self care' is important too - but - I have been concerned for a long time about the 'heavyweight' nature of our medical team. That's where I would start focussing Tony. you might be surprised what attitudes you may find. One thing which is undeniable is that the amount of injuries we get is abnormaL Action required!!!! WisdomSpeaks

11:39am Sat 18 Jan 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

This amount of injuries is unlucky but hardly unprecedented in the history of football.

LuaLua and Buckley have unfortunately troublesome hamstrings. None of the other players regularly suffer the injury so the blame can't be aimed at the medical team.
This amount of injuries is unlucky but hardly unprecedented in the history of football. LuaLua and Buckley have unfortunately troublesome hamstrings. None of the other players regularly suffer the injury so the blame can't be aimed at the medical team. Ex-pat Arnie

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